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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
The Franklin County Young Farmers have worked together for the past 60 years. Current members include, front row from left, Mike Brubaker, Laird Bowman, Thad Montgomery and Tim Bowman. In the back row are Jonathan Custer, Bryan Matthews, Cline Brubaker, Melvin Montgomery, John Lumsden and Byron Brooks. Not pictured are Hubert Bowman, James Cook, Billy Kingery and Roger Seale.
Monday, December 24, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Franklin County Young Farmers celebrated Christmas with their families last week at the Callaway Volunteer Fire Department.
The group has been meeting at The Franklin Restaurant once a month for more than 60 years.
The meetings began when farmers in Rocky Mount, Snow Creek and Glade Hill decided to get together to discuss agriculture, milk prices, problems they encountered with their farms and to advise each other on ways to improve their farms.
"We even take field trips to farms outside the county and get ideas on new technology in the dairy industry," said Cline Brubaker, a member of the organization. "Then we can try to incorporate that technology into our own farms within the county."
"The organization is sort of like a continuation of FFA (Future Farmers of America) in high school," said Melvin Montgomery, club member.
When the organization first started, young farmers just out of high school would attend the meetings, he said, adding that the group was originally geared toward farmers from 18 to 35 years of age.
"We get together and discuss all aspects of farming and try to help each other out," Montgomery said.
The club currently has 14 members and welcomes new members. Anyone interested in joining the Franklin County Young Farmers should contact John Lumsden, club treasurer, at 540-493-2081.
Annual club dues are $150 and are used to offset the cost of meals each month.